cfaed Investigator Ass. Prof. Sebastian Reineke Raised ERC Starting Grant

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Three scientists from TU Dresden have succeeded to raise Starting Grants of the European Research Council (ERC) in 2015. One of them is the physicist and cfaed investigator Assistant Professor Sebastian Reineke (Institut für Angewandte Photophysik IAPP at TU Dresden) who was awarded with 1,5 million EUR to support his project “BILUM - Novel applications based on organic biluminescence”. With coveted Starting Grants of the EU, young, promising scientists who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders, are supported.

Prof. Reineke is exploring novel applications on the basis of organic biluminescence, where organic molecules emit from two different electronic states. Consequently, such molecules act as dual color emitter on the molecular level. This effect is a virtually unexplored field offering broad fields of application. The project BILUM is clearly a fundamental research driven effort. The scientists would like to understand the structures and properties of the materials in detail, which are the essence for such efficient dual light emission. Known biluminescent emitters will be studied in detail and employed to various novel scenarios to test their fit to future applications.

Biluminescence holds great potential owing its unique bandwidth and lifetime range of the emission. For example, biluminescence can be used as white-light sources, making use of the ultra-broadband emission. Or, because the two different states interact differently to the environment, one can develop organic sensors that detect different gas concentrations. Beyond the detailed investigations, BILUM also aims to develop new organic molecules, having the unique, dual-state emission properties, with improved performance.

Sebastian Reineke
The physicist Sebastian Reineke studied at the TU Dresden, where he received his PhD in 2010. From 2011 to 2013, he was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge (USA) as a postdoctoral fellow. After that, he worked at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich as a guest scientist, before he was appointed Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor) for Organic Semiconductors at the TU Dresden. In Summer 2014 he joined the Cluster of Excellence cfaed at TU Dresden as an investigator.


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